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Scribes protest threat by militants

Journalists and editors of Manipur newspapers staging a protest against threat by militants, Imphal, Tuesday.
Correspondent: IMPHAL, 05 Aug 2008
Published on 6 Aug. 2008 12:35 AM IST
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Scribes in Manipur ceased works and staged a sit-in protest at the Manipur Press Club office to protest the ban imposed on a local newspaper ‘Poknapham’ by a faction of KCP (MC).
Publication and broadcasting of news in the local cable networks also remain suspended and there will be no publication of newspaper on Wednesday.
Around one hundred scribes and editors of all newspapers based in Imphal along with correspondents of outside news agencies gathered at the Press Club and staged the sit-in protest from 10 a.m till late evening. There was uncertainty over duration of suspension of publication and broadcasting of news as the group responsible for banning publication of Poknapham, also threatened other media houses for publishing a press statement issued by another faction of the same outfit KCP (MC).
On the other hand, another militant outfit, KYKL, is insisting upon the media houses to carry on normal duty and not to suspend publication of newspapers.
The widely-circulated popular Manipuri daily Poknapham did not carry a press statement of the KCP (MC) signed by military council chief L Khuman on August 2 last, relating to the faction’s first ‘Raising Day’ which fell on August 3. The forwarding letter attached to the press statement had asked media houses to carry the statement it in the front page.
The next day, the KCP (MC) faction imposed “indefinite ban” on the paper even though the statement was carried in one of its inside pages.
All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and senior editors of different dailies held a meeting the same day and discussed the ‘ban’ and appealed KCP-MC to withdraw the ban.
On Monday, another press statement of the KCP (MC), this time signed by Lanheiba Meitei, secretary military affairs, military council, KCP, claimed that the faction was responsible for the ban imposed on the newspaper.

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